A Bosnian man has been convicted of illegally imprisoning his German stepdaughter for six years.

Milenko Marinkovic, 52, was arrested last May in his village of Karavlasi and accused of mistreating 19-year-old Bettina Siegner by holding her captive in his remote home, starving her, preventing her from going to school or meeting other people, and physically and mentally torturing her.

Villagers who discovered what was happening said Marinkovic had forced the girl to sleep and eat with pigs, and whipped her while she pulled a horse cart.

Marinkovic, who eventually confessed, was convicted by a court on Tuesday and sentenced to two years in prison.

His partner, Slavojka Marinkovic, who also was arrested in May, has pleaded innocent to the same charge, and she will be tried later.